posted on Oct, 7 2004 @ 10:14 PM
NEW YORK - An antibiotic-resistant germ is increasingly causing skin infections and pneumonia in otherwise healthy children and adults.
That's according to two of several reports on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - known as MRSA - delivered at the annual meeting of the
Infectious Diseases Society of America underway in Boston.
What's particularly worrisome, one researcher told Reuters Health, is that these infections are being acquired in the community - not the hospital,
as has been the usual case until now.
In 1999, there were 9 cases of community-acquired MRSA documented at Driscoll Children's Hospital. The number jumped to 36 in 2000, 105 in 2001, 278
in 2002, and 459 in 2003.
I think it is just a matter of time before some kind of killer bug emerges a la Stephen King if for no other reason, natural population control! The
Earth always finds a way to protect itself!